Unless you’ve been living under a turnip, you’ve probably heard how food trucks are all trendy nowadays. And not the “roach coach” type that’s been around forever, but the long-lines, gotta-hunt-it-down, twittering, gourmet, fusion food type of truck.
I have yet to actually track one of these trucks down. Obviously, I live and work in the wrong neighborhood. So that got me to thinking, if Chow Vegan was a food truck, what would it serve?
Asian fusion, of course. Inspired by the duck taco at Kung Fu Tacos (a San Francisco based food truck), I made a vegan version of the street-style soft taco – veggie duck, hoisin sauce, and mango salsa on a whole grain corn tortilla, all locally sourced for the most part.
The veggie duck is very similar to Mock Chicken, made out of fresh yuba sheets only without the filling, folded and flattened into layers instead of rolled. Just like mock chicken doesn’t actually taste like chicken, veggie duck doesn’t really taste like duck. The small (5″ diameter), home-made style tortillas are manufactured in Sonoma County by La Tortilla Factory and the mango, a California Green Keitt.
Savory, sweet, and spicy all in one bite. A range of textures too, from soft to chewy. A little messy to eat though. But so good.
Street-Style Veggie Duck Taco with Mango Salsa
Making veggie duck tacos couldn’t be easier, especially if you can find a package of veggie duck in the refrigerated section of the Asian supermarket. Or something similar, the one that I used wasn’t even called veggie duck, it was labeled Mixed Bean Curd.
Just heat up the veggie duck and tortillas. Slice the veggie duck into bite-size pieces. Smear a bit of hoisin sauce on a tortilla, add the sliced pieces of veggie duck. Top generously with the mango salsa. Serve immediately.
1 ripe mango, diced
2 green onion stalks, chopped
1 medium jalapeño, minced
A few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl, combine the ingredients, season to taste, and gently mix together. Chill until ready to serve.